Rob Gronkowski retired from the NFL after the 2018 season and then decided to come back in 2020.
Julian Edelman retired this offseason, but Gronkowski could see his former teammate coming back at some point.
“I’ve been in that situation before,” Gronkowski told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg. “I believe, if Julian truly heals up whatever’s hurting on him, and he fully heals and feels good, I think he’ll be back. I don’t know see why he wouldn’t be back, eventually in the future. Maybe a year or two away. Let me tell you: He’s just a competitor. So I say if he heals up 100% and feels good, I think he’ll be back in the NFL.”
Will it be in Tampa Bay?
“I don’t know where. I can’t predict the future right now,” Gronkowski said. “I don’t think he’ll play this year, but after that…”
Edelman is 34 years old, five years older than Gronkowski was when he retired.
Edelman is also dealing with knee issues, and the Boston Herald reported prior to Edelman’s retirement that it would be difficult for him to play a full season without it becoming a problem.
Tom Brady joked with Edelman about coming to Tampa during the NFL’s draft-a-thon last month:
“We know Julian didn’t retire. Let’s be honest. He’s just too scared to tell Bill he wants to come to Tampa. I’ve been there.”
Edelman has been adamant that he’s retired. Tampa is loaded at the wide receiver position, so it would seem unlikely.
But as the saying goes, “never say never.” Maybe this becomes a real topic as the 2021 season goes along.
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